8 Reasons Your Skin Might Be Dry
Whether you struggle with dry skin year-round, or only on occasion, you may be wondering what the cause is. While dry skin is certainly uncomfortable, particularly if it begins to chap, crack or flake, it is a sign that your skin is in need of some extra attention. Below are 8 reasons your skin might be dry, and how you can combat the dryness. A few of these moisture-zapping causes may come as a surprise.
Dry Air In Your Home
Baseboard heating and otherwise dry air in your home can dry out your skin and even leave your lips, eyes, nose (internally) and hair feeling dry. A simple solution is to invest in a humidifier. Even if you do not have it on all day, keep it in your room while you sleep. Also, drink more water and apply moisturiser to your entire body at least twice each day. You can even find small humidifiers designed for office and travel.
The winter months can wreak havoc on your skin, but also the hot and dry summer months. Combat both by applying an ultra-hydrating lotion to your entire body. During the winter, you may also need to switch to thicker winter-worthy facial moisturisers and lip balms. Applying a barrier cream to your face each day will also help to protect from the elements.
You Bath and Beauty Products Are Stripping Your Skin Of Its Natural Properties
If you have chronically dry skin, your daily bath and beauty products might be to blame. Most over-the-counter body products are filled with harsh chemicals that strip your skin of its natural moisture. For example, many artificially scented hand and body lotions actually dry your skin, as opposed to moisturising it. Even if your skin is minimally dry, or occasionally dry, switching to all-natural skin care products can improve your year-round skin health.
You Are Internally Dehydrated
It’s easy to forget, but your skin is an organ, and it requires both internal and external hydration. Even one or two days of decreased internal hydration will be apparent on your skin, especially the sensitive skin on your face. Rehydrate as quickly as you can, by way of:
- Herbal teas
- Coconut water
- Electrolyte-filled beverages
- Fruits and veggies
- Omega-rich foods – like avocado or fish
Over-Washing Your Hands
Washing your hands is essential for minimising germs and cross-contamination. However, over-washing your hands can lead to a year-round dry skin on your hands. While you can’t get away from the need to wash your hands, make sure you use a hydrating all-natural soap and follow up with a natural moisturiser. Also, try to limit the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
A Side Effect Of Prescription Medication
It is always important to understand the side-effects of any prescription medications you are taking. Some topical prescriptions may successfully treat your skin condition but will leave you with patches of dry or flaky skin in the process. There are also several oral medications that have a dehydrating effect. Talk with your physician about the best ways to combat prescription-related dry skin.
Skin Begins To Dry As You Age
As we age our skin needs a little extra help healing, repairing, and hydrating. As early as your late-20s and early 30s, you want to increase the frequency of exfoliation, either by hand or with products that naturally exfoliate. Remove as many of the chemically derived products from your skincare routine as you can. Switch to anti-aging facial moisturisers designed to combat fine lines and wrinkles, and switch to daily facial and body cleansers with built-in moisturiser.
You May Have A Skin Disorder
If your skin is excessively dry, even in a patch or small area, you may be dealing with a skin conditional such as psoriasis or eczema. Once diagnosed, follow your physician’s guidance – and turn to healing remedies that are found in nature.
By learning what it is that dries out your skin, you can take a proactive approach to year-round skincare.
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